Administration of Justice, AS

Technology and Health Division
S0404

The A.S. Degree in Administration of Justice program is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment following graduation. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or adviser to discuss transfer of courses.
The courses emphasize the modern role of law enforcement and corrections within the criminal justice systems. Written and oral communication skills are a consistent focus. Entry-level employment opportunities available after completion of this program may include law enforcement as peace officers, corrections officers, custodial officers, non-sworn security and investigations, other non-sworn positions in law enforcement and public service.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System3
ADJU 2Principles and Procedures of the Justice System3
ADJU 3Concepts of Criminal Law3
ADJU 4Legal Aspects of Evidence3
ADJU 5Community Relations3
ADJU 68Administration of Justice Report Writing3
Choose four from the following:12
Concepts of Enforcement Services
Introduction to Correctional Sciences
Concepts of Traffic Services
Principles of Investigation
Narcotics Investigation
Gangs and Corrections
Vice Control
Sociology
Sociology - Honors
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Criminology - Honors
Total Units30

Administration of Justice Website

Guided Pathways of Study

Explore your future in Administration of Justice

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS Degree in Administration of Justice as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A,  and Math other than Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
ADJU 1 The Administration of Justice System 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
 Units12
Intersession 1
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
 Units4
Semester 2
ADJU 2 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3
ADJU 3 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
Recommended AREA D Social Sciences General Education course here 1 3
Recommended AREA C Arts and Humanities General Education course here 1 3
 Units12
Intersession 2
Recommended AREA D General Education course here 1 3
Recommended KIN (Activity) course here 2 1
 Units4
Second Year
Semester 1
ADJU 5 Community Relations 3
ADJU 68 Administration of Justice Report Writing 3
ADJU 4 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
Recommended AREA E Lifelong Learning General Education course here 1 3
 Units12
Intersession 1
Recommended AREA B Scientific Inquiry General Education course here 1 3
 Units3
Semester 2
ADJU TRAN Transfer Course 12
 Units12
Intersession 2
Recommended AREA C Arts and Humanities General Education course here 1 3
 Units3
 Total Units62

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the principals involved in documenting the investigation of criminal activity.
  • Identify and apply legal precedents in field work.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the social factors related to police interaction with communities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how criminal codes are used and how statutory law is practically applied.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology and other resources to research social and legal aspects of the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present information in diverse circumstances, with various cultures and communities, involving public and media issues.
  • Understand professional skills related to court testimony, interview, interrogation, and law enforcement nomenclature.


Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

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